PHAROAH SANDERS - AUSTRIA 2013 [R.I.P. 1940 - 2022]

October 8, 2013 – 5:03 am

PHAROAH SANDERS R.I.P. 1940 - 2022

Pharoah Sanders, the saxophonist and composer who became famous for his mid-1960s work with saxophonist John Coltrane, died Saturday, September. 24. He was 81.

The news came through a social media post from Luaka Bop Records, Sanders’ most recent record label. “We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away,” the statement read. “He died peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends in Los Angeles earlier this morning. Always and forever the most beautiful human being, may he rest in peace.”

Sanders was known for his searing, searching tone on the saxophone, one that pulled from blues, gospel, soul and the avant-garde to create his own personal, highly spiritual sound.

His last album, Promises, with Floating Points and the London Symphony Orchestra, was named the Beyond Album of the Year in the 2021 DownBeat Critics Poll. A newly released Coltrane recording, A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle, which features Sanders, was named Historical Album of the Year in the 2022 DownBeat Critics Poll. -

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The distinctive sound of Pharoah Sanders’ tenor saxophone, which could veer from a hoarse croon to harsh multiphonic screams, startled audiences in the 1960s before acting in recent years as a kind of call to prayer for young jazz musicians seeking to steer their music in a direction defined by a search for ecstasy and transcendence.

Sanders, who has died age 81, made an impact at both ends of a long career. In 1965 he was recruited by John Coltrane, an established star of the jazz world, to help push the music forward into uncharted areas of sonic and spiritual exploration. [Sanders came to fame as a member of Coltrane’s legendary band, which he played in from 1965 to 1967.]

He had just turned 80 when he reached a new audience after being invited by Sam Shepherd, the British musician and producer working under the name Floating Points, to take the solo part on the widely praised recording of an extended composition titled Promises, a concerto in which he responded with a haunting restraint to the minimalist motifs and backgrounds devised by Shepherd for keyboards and the strings of the London Symphony Orchestra.

By then he had become a vital figure in the recent revival of “spiritual jazz”, whose young exponents took his albums as inspirational texts. When he was named a Jazz Master by the US National Endowment for the Arts in 2016, musicians of all generations, from the veteran pianist Randy Weston to the young saxophonist Kamasi Washington, queued up to pay tribute. - Richard Williams,

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John Coltrane, speaking to jazz musician Albert Ayler, once described himself, Pharoah Sanders and Ayler as “the father, the son and [the] holy ghost”. Sanders played sideman to Coltrane on many crucial recordings, and, like Coltrane, Sanders could cut it both ways: roll out a spiritual groove that landed like breakers on the shore, or splice the air itself into a trigonometry of fire and aether. He leant into a broadly multicultural spiritualism in his music, but could take flight in ferocious exaltations on his saxophone. His music spoke volumes, while he himself preferred not to, and is at the core of any spiritual jazz discography. As Ben Ratliff wrote in the New York Times in 1999, Sanders was “one of the holy monsters of American music”. With the passing of the son, the last member of Coltrane’s last band is gone, and a crucial connection to the potent and now legendary New York jazz scene of the 1960s and 70s is severed. - Jennifer Lucy Allan,

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Austria 2013 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Inntoene Festival, Diersbach, Austria; May 17, 2013. Very good radio broadcast (ORF @ Buchmannhof).

Oliver Weindling reviewing the Inntoene Festival 2013 at

The biggest star of the show was undeniably Pharaoh Sanders on Friday night… Sanders didn’t disappoint. He has been touring for the past three years in Europe with the same band - William Henderson on piano and one of London’s finest bass-drums combos, Oli Hayhurst and Gene Calderazzo (known in London of course for their work together with Julian Siegel and Zoe Rahman in particular). In a recent allaboutjazz interview, Sanders explains how drummers too often lack energy. That Calderazzo is holding done the drum chair with such aplomb is a tribute to him.

The unbelievable Howard Johnson sat in, as did vocalist Dwight Tribble. The spirit and spirituality of Sanders was maintained, but we didn’t hear enough of his spine-chilling playing. He sounds as incredible as ever. It felt special. We were close to Coltrane.

Thanks to ladyface57 for recording and sharing the tracks at Dime.

Picture by Manfred Werner, posted at wikipedia - Thanks!

radio broadcast > analog cable > CD > hard disc > Audacity > TLH [flac 8]

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The track, Time Was, was shared as a single 27-min track. It’s been arbitrarily split here for easier access.

Time Was 27:08
Track 01. Time Was - Part A (16.5MB)
Track 02. Time Was - Part B (9.2MB)
Track 03. Time Was - Part C (11.3MB)
Track 04. Time Was - Part D (8.5MB)
Track 05. Naima 10:22 (17.4MB)
Track 06. You’ve Got To Have Freedom 14:26 (24.2MB)
Track 07. The Creator Has A Master Plan 7:51 (13.2MB)

Pharoah Sanders - tenor saxophone, vocals, announcements
William Henderson - piano
Oliver Hayhurst - bass
Gene Calderazzo - drums
Dwight Trible - vocals
Howard Johnson - tuba

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  1. 12 Responses to “PHAROAH SANDERS - AUSTRIA 2013 [R.I.P. 1940 - 2022]”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Oct 8, 2013

  3. hey bigo, this sounds more jazz than his extreme avant stuff with trane. i’ll probably get it. most of my pharoah is on tape. two killer ones are tauhid which is arabic. it means the belief in one god. yeah, dave burrell and sonny sharrock are on it. another killer one is jewels of thought. leon thomas of santana fame sings on it and on the song japan on tauhid.

    i have a couple trane shows pharoah is on. oh yeah, another good pharoah is thembi. too heavy.


    By Ed Saad on Oct 8, 2013

  4. correction leon thomas is on jewels of thought.

    By Ed Saad on Oct 8, 2013

  5. I saw Pharoah at the Village Vanguard in NYC. He autographed an album for me. I glad to hear that he is still performing.

    By JamWel on Oct 12, 2013

  6. I saw he around ‘74 or ‘75.

    By JamWel on Oct 12, 2013

  7. My favorite sax player of all time!!! THANK YOU!!!

    By Paul on Oct 13, 2013

  8. Hello All, my nuts are full of jizz right now.

    By Bye Bobby on Sep 29, 2022

  9. “My nuts is full of jizz” was a 24 minute solo soliloquy Pharoah played only once, at a gig at the Sphincter Club in Baton Rouge in ‘63, sadly recorded only in mono and released in Italy.
    Did anybody on here suck him off? I wanted to but never made it

    By Swappers on Sep 29, 2022

  10. Rumor has it Pharoah had a Big Un

    By U L E on Oct 2, 2022

  11. Of course

    By U L E on Oct 2, 2022

  12. Twernt me above not gay anymore

    By U L E on Oct 2, 2022

  13. You said that you were gay while I boned your ass on Thursday!

    By Jocko P on Oct 2, 2022

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